Between July 2020 and June 2021, despite COVID-19, there was an increase in drowning deaths across Australia (294) with an increase of 20% on the previous year (245).
The highest number of drowning deaths occur during the months of summer with Australians making the most of the coastline, pools, rivers and lakes.
To keep our community safe around water, now more than ever it is important for families to get back into swimming lessons. First Lap vouchers are now readily available for parents and caregivers to assist children aged 3 – 6 years to get back into the water for swimming lessons. If you haven’t already, it’s time to jump on board with the initiative and support kids returning to the pool. Head to our latest news story to find the step-by-step guide for facilities to join.
Swimming lessons make up the practical learning component of the National Swimming and Water Safety Framework, and Royal Life Saving NSW completes the theory aspect with our dedicated pre-school program, Waddles. Royal Life Saving pre-school education partners have free access to our Waddles program and resources, providing interactive learning for children aged 3 – 6 years with the help of our colourful duck family.